The Hundred will characteristic equal prize money for men’s and women’s teams, the ECB has introduced.
A complete prize funds of £600,000 can be break up equally between the men’s and the women’s competitions, in a transfer that the governing physique says “is a step in direction of the ECB’s long-term dedication to creating cricket a gender-balanced sport”.
The announcement mirrors an analogous transfer by Cricket Australia, which equalised the prize money on supply in the men’s and women’s editions of the Big Bash League in 2017, and final yr pledged to prime up their women’s nationwide workforce’s prize money at the ongoing T20 World Cup to match the men’s.
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The prize money on supply in the women’s competitors is especially vital after criticism over the gender hole between salaries on supply, with the pot on supply for the profitable workforce (£150,000) greater than the whole wage invoice for a women’s squad (£120,000).
Women’s salaries in the competitors vary from £3,600 to £15,000, whereas gamers in the men’s competitors earn from £30,000 to £125,000.
The majority of the prize money on supply is awarded to teams, with the winners, dropping finalists, and dropping semi-finalists taking dwelling £150,000, £75,000 and £50,000 respectively. There are additionally awards on supply for the MVP (£10,000) and main run-scorer, wicket-taker and fielder (£5,000 every) in each competitions.
Beth Barrett-Wild, the head of the Hundred women’s competitors, stated: “We’re actually happy with our motion in direction of making cricket a gender-balanced sport and while we’re conscious there may be extra to do in this area, this is a crucial step in the proper path. It’s recognition for the women’s gamers and the enormous worth they bring about to the Hundred.
“The ECB is dedicated to remodeling women’s and ladies’ cricket, from inspiring younger ladies to choose up a bat for the first time, by way of to establishing the women’s sport as knowledgeable profession possibility. This announcement immediately represents one sign of intent in direction of that dedication.”
England captain Heather Knight, who will lead London Spirit in the match, stated: “This is a good announcement for women’s sport. Women’s skilled cricket is on an thrilling journey and while, there may be nonetheless a approach to go to understand gender parity, this transfer from the Hundred is a big step in the proper path.
“We’re all actually enthusiastic about enjoying in the new competitors and hopefully inspiring extra younger ladies and boys to choose up a bat and ball.”